Pastures of plenty: a self-portrait

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One of America's favorite folk heroes takes readers along on his voyage of discovery that took him to the forefront of the American political movements of the '30s through the '50s. Deeply personal stories, essays, letters, diaries, songs, poems and rare photos make this an inspiring tribute to the American heritage.

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Best known for his songs, Guthrie was an equally prolific writer of letters and notebooks, an avid scribbler and doodler on calendars, napkins, and paper scraps. Chronicling the dustbowl migrations of ... Read full review


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About the author (1992)

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) wrote more than a thousand folk songs, including many for children. Woody loved babies and he loved trains. His rail journeys across the country inspired some of his most famous songs, including "This Train is Bound for Glory" and "This Land is Your Land." His song "New Baby Train" was recently recorded for the first time by Kim Wilson on the CD, Daddy O Daddy.
Marla Frazee has created many acclaimed picture books, including the lullaby Hush, Little Baby, a Folk Song with Pictures. As a longtime fan of Woody Guthrie and American roots music, Frazee approached this project with a desire to capture Woody's spirit, playfulness, and era. She visited train museums, studied photographs of the Dust Bowl, and listened to a lot of Woody's music while working on this book. She works in a small cabin in the backyard of the house she shares with her husband and three sons in Pasadena, California.

Dave Marsh is one of rocks best-known critics. He was a founding editor of "Cream," and worked for "Rolling Stone" as associate editor from 1975-1990. Marsh is the author of numerous books, including "Elvis," "Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who," "Fortunate Son," "Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts: The Definitive Biography, 1972-2003," and "The New Book of Rock Lists," His articles have been syndicated in over 200 newspapers, and appear regularly in major journals from "Playboy" to "TV Guide," Dave Marsh lives in Norwalk, CT and New York City.

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